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Charges revealed in hit-and-run, I-20 wreck

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:40pm


Police revealed charges Sun­day against a man they say was involved in a hit-and-run on Wash­ington Road, then caused a wreck that left two vehicles overturned on Interstate 20 on Friday.

Daniel Michael Gentry, 29, was booked in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center late Friday after his release from Georgia Regents Medical Center, Sgt. Monica Belser said Sunday. He was charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence. An additional charge for a suspended license is pending, Belser said.

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Georgia Regents University tissue donor service offers life after death

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:14pm

Katie Johns said she can remember the moment she realized her late daughter had a chance to live on, even after her untimely death.

It was July 18, 2010, and her 26-year-old daughter, Barbara “Barbie” Ann Clack, had crashed her vehicle on Windsor Spring Road. Her Chev­ro­let Blazer rolled, ejecting Clack and leaving a trail of debris nearly the length of a football field.

Johns managed to speak to her daughter’s boyfriend by phone.

“When all he could do was cry, I knew she was gone,” she said.

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Local veteran says VA contractor examinations not thorough enough

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:46pm

Ollie Washington’s injured left knee was never tested for soreness, twisted for tenderness or measured for flexibility in December 2010 when he first had a follow-up disability evaluation in Augusta for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Camilo Villegas ends drought with Wyndham win

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:16pm


GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff.

Instead, every other contender stumbled, and the Colombian didn’t have to hit another shot to win his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Villegas shot 7-under-par 63 and finished at 17-under 263. He earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.

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Florida State tops AP preseason poll

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:20pm


Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.

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Funeral set for Martinez man slain outside church

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:19am

Services have been announced for a Martinez man fatally shot Thursday night during a carjacking in front of a local church where he and his wife had gone to turn on the sprinkler system.

The funeral for William R. "Bill" Davitte, 55, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with the Rev. Robert Smith and the Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Burial  will follow in Abilene Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 214 Davis Rd.

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Social media movement takes on photo portrayal of Ferguson shooting victim

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:18pm


In one photo he posted on Twitter, Ron Brown is staring into the camera with a tri-colored bandana covering his mouth and nose, his dreadlocks strewn across his face.

The image posted next to it shows Brown, 38, standing in a collared shirt, his hair tied neatly back, with his three children smiling by his side.

Brown is an Army veteran, a dedicated husband and father, photographer and a youth mentor - but like so many other African American men, he said harmless images like his bandana photo can be misconstrued to overshadow his true character.

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Educators dedicate magnet school

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:02pm


Huddled in a small auditorium at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, educators and community members celebrated all that has been achieved in the school’s short history in a building dedication ceremony Saturday.

The school opened its doors at Augusta Technical College on Jan. 3, 2013, after months at the old Lamar Elementary School building on Baker Avenue.

Its focus is to urge students to choose a career path in order to meet the demands of workforces in the future.

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Recycling Perks program awards unearned discounts

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:27pm

Julie Kneuker has one recycling cart that’s emptied once a week.

Yet, in the past four months, the Augusta resident has been rewarded by a citywide program for recycling as many as four times in one day, even when she hasn’t wheeled her bin to the curb.

On May 2, Recycling Perks, a nationwide program Augusta hired two years ago to improve its 4 percent recycling rate, awarded her 50 points toward discounts at local retailers.

The next week she received 100 points, when only 25 are supposed to be credited weekly to residents.

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Report highlights ongoing concerns with aging SRS infrastructure

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:42pm

Federal budget constraints have mounted to more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance costs for Savannah River Site’s Cold War-era infrastructure, leading to more expensive future capital investments, according to a federal report projecting the next decade of activity at the Department of Energy site.

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Man, 50, shot on Goldfinch Drive

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:04pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and investigators are looking for a suspect after a man was shot Saturday morning in the 3600 block of Goldfinch Drive.

The 50-year-old victim had gunshot wounds to the thigh and hand, which do not appear life-threatening, according to a police statement.

The only description available for the suspect was a black man wearing a black T-shirt, the statement said.

Police identify officer who killed unarmed teen, allege young man robbed convenience store

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:47pm

FERGUSON, Mo. — Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a “strong-arm” robbery shortly before he was killed.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting and stopped Michael Brown and a companion “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”

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Multi-car crash closes one lane on I-20

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:19pm

Dispatch confirmed Friday evening that a traffic accident has shut down one lane on Interstate 20 eastbound.

The accident – which occurred at 9:16 p.m. – involves eight cars, dispatch stated.

No details on injuries were immediately available.


Structure fire reported in North Augusta

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 9:04pm

North Augusta Department of Public Safety officials confirmed Friday evening that a structure fire has been contained on Curtis Drive.

Approximately 8:19 p.m., fire crews responded to 1803 Curtis Drive in reference to a blaze that left a home severely damaged.

“No question the damage is extensive,” Lt. Junior Johnson said. “There’s smoke damage throughout the entire house.”

Johnson said no one was inside the residence when the blaze began.

“The house is occupied, but no residents were inside when it started,” he said.

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20-year-old in custody after shooting incident in Richmond County

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:18pm

A 20-year-old suspect is in custody following a shooting incident that injured one person Friday in Richmond County.

Approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to 201 East Telfair Street in reference to an altercation, according to Sgt. Monica Belser.

Upon arrival, deputies chased suspect Antonio Holmes from East Telfair Street to East Walker Street, where the suspect was apprehended.

While being chased, Holmes dropped his sawed-off shotgun, but it was found and recovered by deputies.

“Holmes has a history of terrorizing victims in East Augusta,” Belser said.

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Staffing numbers don't bear out charges of bloat in city government

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:15pm

Arguments about bloat and excess in city government might not discourage Augusta leaders from voting Tuesday to increase property taxes.

According to the city’s data, current staffing is below levels from 16 years ago, immediately after consolidation of the city and county, though spending has increased overall 11 percent faster than inflation.

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Barrow hold more veterans office hours

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:08pm


U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., will hold another round of office hours in Augusta for veterans on Monday.

The local representative’s last set of veterans’ offices hours the week of July 4 yielded nearly 400 new cases districtwide for his office to research, said Richard Carbo, Barrow’s press secretary.

Carbo said the legislator hopes to receive case updates and provide new assistance to area veterans.

The office hours will be at the Enterprise Mill’s Starch Room at 1450 Greene St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Superintendent finalist answers questions from board members, public

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:02pm

As superintendent finalist Angela Pringle underwent her second interview with the Richmond County Board of Education on Friday, she stressed her commitments to building community ties, transparency and collaborative skills while speaking to the Augusta public for the first time.

A modest crowd of mostly area residents, former school system employees and Mayor-elect Hardie Davis came out to watch Pringle speak and ask questions.

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29-year-old causes multiple crashes; 2 cars overturn on I-20

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:54pm


A 29-year-old is facing charges after causing multiple car accidents Friday afternoon in Richmond County.

Approximately 4:45 p.m., deputies responded to a hit-and-run accident on the 2800 block of Washington Road involving suspect Daniel Michael Gentry, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

Gentry’s vehicle was identified as a 2003 white Ford Ranger. While traffic investigators were handling this accident, they were dispatched to a more severe accident on Interstate 20 westbound next to the Warren Road bridge overpass.

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Rescue organizations holding adoption event for Augusta Animal Services

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:48pm

Two local animal rescue organizations will bring dogs and cats from Augusta Animal Services to Petco at 4209 Washington Road in Evans for an adoption event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

All of the animals are vaccinated and spayed or neutered and are “ready to go home,” according to a news release from STARS Rescue and Dog Networking Agents of Georgia.

Some of the animals are seniors and some have medical impairments, but “all are wonderful companions.”

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